She motivates me to go on
MAY PEN, Clarendon:
FOR NINE months Cheryl Waugh bore the discomfort of the precious load she carried. After the excruciating pain, it was a joy to finally hold her bundle of joy in her arms.
She was in a mother's haven until about three months later she discovered her daughter Danielle Milton, now 10 years old was not going to be "a regular" child.
"I think I died," she told Family and Religion. Waugh discovered that her baby girl had cerebral palsy and that would mean "round the clock care" and lots of attention.
"Whatever feelings I was having, I had to shake out of it quick though, because I realised my daughter needed me, so I had to focus on her," said Waugh.
Fast forward to 2015, Waugh said these days she is still not managing to make two ends meet as being a single mother with a special-needs child is difficult.
"I thank God for my faith, if I didn't have Him to lean on, to pour out my troubles, I don't know how I would have managed the many challenges that have been coming my way."
Waugh, an accountant by profession, is now unemployed and is struggling to keep up with the proper care her daughter needs.
"She should get physiotherapy and see specialists, but I can?t keep up with those as the finances are just not there," she said.
Working is also a challenge for the single mother as, she said, she worries a lot about her daughter. "I am never comfortable leaving her anywhere, and it?s also a challenge to get someone who will care for her the way I do when I am not around," she said.
Being the mother of a "special" child, Waugh said her hope is that the broader society would understand that they are human beings too.
"They have talents like anyone else. As long as they get the love and care that they need, they can perform to the best of their abilities," said Waugh.
There are days when she feels overwhelmed, but Waugh said she gets the strength from her child and the Lord.
"She motivates me to go on and the Lord just keeps renewing my energy each day."